Blasphemy crisis: Kukah suspends Mass in Sokoto Catholic Churches, says his house not attacked by protesters

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The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Hassan Mathew Kukah has ordered suspension of Masses in all Catholic churches within Sokoto metropolis until the curfew imposed by Governor Aminu Tambuwal to restore peace in the city is lifted.

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Tambuwal introduced the curfew on Saturday following widespread protests that day, by those calling for the release of suspects arrested for the killing of a Christian female student who allegedly blasphemed Prophet Mohammed.

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Online reports, quoting Catholic Broadcast Commission, Nigeria had it on Saturday that Kukah’s residence was burnt by the protesters, but the Catholic Church has disputed this.

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A statement on Saturday signed by Rev. Fr. Christopher A. Omotosho, Director, Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto said “Contrary to information in circulation, we wish to disclaim that there was an attack of any sort on the residence of Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah.”

The statement added that “All Masses in Sokoto metropolis have been suspended until the curfew is lifted.”

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